Shomrim volunteers commended for ‘bravery’ in pursuing robbery suspects
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Shomrim volunteers commended for ‘bravery’ in pursuing robbery suspects

Detective Inspector James Rawlinson, of the Metropolitan Police, hailed the 'great presence of mind' of the volunteers in apprehending a robbery suspect in 2017

Chief Superintendent Louis Smith, with Gary Ost, Shimon Ostreicher and Shmuel Danciger
Chief Superintendent Louis Smith, with Gary Ost, Shimon Ostreicher and Shmuel Danciger

Shomrim volunteers were commended last week for their “bravery” and “exemplary service to the community” in pursuing armed robbery suspects in North West London three years ago.

The neighbourhood watch group’s chief executive Gary Ost was joined by volunteers Shimon Ostreicher and Shmuel Danciger at a ceremony in Bushey last week, where they received Certificates of Commendation.

We are extremely grateful for their help is securing these arrests,” Chief Superintendent Louis Smith, who presented the certificates, told Jewish News on Monday.

Video footage of the ceremony showed Detective Inspector James Rawlinson, of the Metropolitan Police, hailing the “great presence of mind” of volunteers in apprehending a robbery suspect in 2017.

He told the event that Shomrim North West London received a report on 26 December 2017 of a robbery near Beverley Gardens in North West London, in which a wallet and phone were taken.

After conducting a search, volunteers, including Denciger and Ostreicher, identified three suspects, whom they followed and reported their location to officers. “Police chased one suspect whilst Mr Denciger and Mr Ostreicher chased the others. They successfully caught one of the suspects and detained them until further officers arrived on scene,” he said.

He added: “When searched by the officers the suspects were found to be carrying knives. Mr Denciger and Mr Ostreicher showed great presence of mind and their actions resulted directly in a successful arrest of the robbery suspect and the removal of knives from the streets of North West London.”
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police’s North West Basic Command Unit told Jewish News on Tuesday: “Denciger and Oestreicher went above and beyond their call of duty to assist Police in catching suspects and ensuring their arrest.”
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